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Thursday 17 December 2009 4.36pm
Hi there,

I've just started a new W.I. in SE1 and we're desperately looking for a home. We've been hosting meetings at a pub but we've outgrown it. We meed a room that can sit about 60 girls comfortably at tables in the SE1 area - and ideally with room for growth. I've tried various community halls but no where seems to be able to slot us in.

We need the room once a month ideally on a Tues / Weds - the second or third of each month. 7.30 - 9.30pm and ideally somewhere that let's us bring our own wine / beer.

Can anyone help?

Much obliged,

Kirsty - Borough Belles W.I.
Monday 21 December 2009 1.36pm
Have you tried the Coin St neighbourhood centre? It's not exactly Borough but it's still SE1, might be worth a look :)
Tuesday 22 December 2009 10.49pm
What's your budget? There has been several discussions on halls for hire, so you might want to have a look. Have you tried the church on BHS? It's the big one on the corner, diagnolly across from borough tube, it has a big room in the basement.

There are several TRA rooms that might be suitable, Christchurch on Blackfriars road, and some schools have rooms, such as the one where the B&B community council is held (I can't think of the name).

Thai Silk on Isabella Street has a nice room upstairs, and it seems unlikely but so does On Your Bike on Tooley Street.
Wednesday 23 December 2009 10.31am
The Draper TA Hall may be available, it's at the Elephant, email us on[/url]
Wednesday 23 December 2009 1.43pm

Have you tried Southwark Cathedral and the various churches in the area to see if any have a church hall? I've been to many a WI meeting in a Chruch Hall. Maybe St George the Martyr could help (just by Borough St) or the Henry Wood Hall (which is often used by the Philarmonic to rehearse).

Bermondsey Village Hall?

Bankside community space -

Looking forward to the next meeting.
Tuesday 29 December 2009 3.13pm
Am I being dumb ... do you mean the Women's Institute or something else entirely? If you do mean the WI as I understand it have you any more info? It sounds as though it has moved on a lot since the days of my granny attending the same in rural Scotland!
Tuesday 29 December 2009 3.18pm

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Wednesday 30 December 2009 12.21pm
Have you tried the Rockingham Estate Community Hall, about 2 mins walk from Elephant and Castle

There's plenty of space in the hall.
Monday 4 January 2010 11.24pm
You could try the Ability Media Centre on Southwark Bridge Road. They have a large room on the ground floor.
Tuesday 5 January 2010 3.00pm
I think from the website James gives, they've found a home:

Borough Belles wrote:
The news you've (probably) all been waiting for is finally here: Borough Belles WI now has a permanent home!
From January, we'll be meeting from 7.30 - 9.30pm on the third Wednesday of every month in the basement room of The Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 0EX.

It's a lovely basement room in an excellent location (near Borough tube station) and has a kitchen so we can do teas! It will easily seat 50 of us at tables or over 100 theatre style so there will be plenty of space. You are also welcome to bring your own wine and beer - so those of you who made the most of the bar at The Horse won't be disappointed (And one of the area's best old fashioned boozers - the Lord Clyde - is opposite the Chapel so we've just found a new ‘regular' for post-meeting socialising too!) .

So our first meeting of the year will be on Wednesday 20 January and every third Wednesday of the month there after.We will meet with the new committee in the New Year to discuss a programme of meets for next year so watch this space.
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